ESRI ConnectED Initiative

ESRI ConnectEdHosted by the Virginia Geographic Alliance and Longwood University, this grant-funded institute will provide select teachers with the opportunity to
immerse in the concepts of geoliteracy and explore new approaches to
interdisciplinary projects in their classrooms. VGA has identified specific school divisions across southern Virginia to serve with this grant, and we are hoping to create a network of educators with GIS background for future work and collaboration.

Earlier this year, the ConnectED Initiative made available to any US K12 school an ArcGIS Online Organization account, for instructional use, for free (each worth over $10,000 annually). Our summer institute is intended to provide teacher professional development events which foster implementation of Esri’s ConnectED offer.

The ArcGIS Online Accounts are available for free, and this training will give teachers training in ways to embed these tools into their instruction to benefit student learning. Teachers will receive training that allows them to achieve
inquiry-based instructional goals, including how to:

  • transform classes with project-based learning that builds engagement with community
    projects and field studies
  • dig deeper with data analysis to explore complex information that makes patterns and
    trends stand out
  • exercise communication skills by combining mapping skills with data, media, and text
  • open the door to many careers that gives students future options with high-value
    skills in problem solving, data analysis, and technology integration

Twenty-four (24) teachers will be selected to participate based on the following criteria:

  • Grades 4-12
  • Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts, Library Media Specialists, Career & Technical Education, and Instructional Coaches/Coordinators
  • School, department, or team leader – someone who can serve as an advocate and
    instructional guide

Team Biosketches